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Taoiseach announces reopening plan

Micheál Martin announced plans for reopening business and social life in a televised speech on Thursday evening. 

From May 10, travel between counties will be permitted, along with appointment-based retail such as barbers and beauticians. Click-and-collect services for stores will also be open for business. 

“Because of your hard work, we are now in a better place.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin

The Liberty contacted Penney’s to ask how the retail giant plans to reopen.

“Following the Government’s announcement on retail reopening, we will be offering shopping by appointment as a temporary measure in all Irish stores in the week prior to our full reopening on May 17th.”

The plans approved by the Government will also increase group limits of outdoor gatherings to 15 people. Vaccinated households will be able to visit non-vaccinated households, mainly for allowing grandparents to visit family. 

Religious services will be allowed to have 50 people in attendance.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin (via Facebook page of the Taoiseach)

“Because of your hard work, we are now in a better place,” Martin said. 

With these easing of restrictions, the Taoiseach estimated more than 200,000 people will return to their jobs within the next two months. 

“Taking these steps will see many thousands of people going back to work for the first time in many months.” 

Taoiseach Martin also spoke about the potential return of third-level students to college grounds. 

“I want to see our students back on campus for the new academic year, enjoying the sort of further and higher education experience that they deserve.” 

Covid-19 vaccines will continue to be distributed by appointment only throughout the 36 current vaccination centres across the country. 

The HSE has warned those who have received the vaccine to remain cautious, as the disease can still be spread to those who have not yet been vaccinated. 

“Even after you are vaccinated, continue to follow public health advice on how to stop the spread of Covid-19.” 

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